Decision-making is a skill you can master 🏹
Picture this, at the time of the incident you are content that you made a difficult decision but your brain is laughing at you. It’s thinking ‘this guy is full of shit, I’ll get out of this when the time comes. He never sticks to it anyway’.
How can you overcome this fear of avoidance or failure that stems from making decisions.
Progressive overload. We train it like any other muscle in our body. Progressively making more and more difficult decisions.
You don’t start by lifting 50kg dumbbells and you definitely don’t start by doing a 21km half-marathon. So I don’t expect that from you either. Start by making small incremental increases in the difficulty of your decision.
Make a decision that you are confident that you will be able to complete. Then make another, then another and then another. Once you have done that, keep making decisions. It does not matter if the choice you made was not the best when you re-evaluate, what matters is that you made it. Because I’m sure not only will you be making more decisions, but you will also be making better decisions.
It’s a skill you will continue to develop.
It's a skill you can master.
Are you ready to take control?
I read this piece to my closest few to see what was their take away. One question that arose that I would like to address was ‘but that’s the hardest part, how do you start? How do you get that discipline?’.
I’m not going to sugarcoat this and say that it’s easy. It is one of the hardest things you will have to do and even harder to maintain this mentality (especially if it's an unfamiliar environment or not your area of expertise). This is why you will always see fewer entrepreneurs and leaders compared to employees and workers. It is always going to be easier to follow a set task that is guided by your superiors.
At the end of the day, it has got to be a conscious decision to make this change and actively look for every opportunity to grasp as if you are climbing a never-ending ladder. The rungs of this ladder may be right next to each other, they may be broken and some may be spread right apart. How badly do you want to keep climbing? You have to want it, you have to crave it!